Folk Fibers Blog / behind the scenes

  • Made Here - Folk Fibers Video

      MADE HERE - FOLK FIBERS from Jay Carroll on Vimeo.

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  • Featured on the Free People Blog

      Fun fact: My first job out of college was at the Urban Outfitter HQ in Philly as "Creative Assistant" for Free People. It has almost been seven years since I worked there, and today I am the featured artist on the Free People Blog! I highly value the experience I gained from working there, and what I know now is life had much more to offer me. To be frank, it wasn't easy being on the bottom of a corporate ladder, even if it was a "cool" job. My confidence was crushed when I left, and it took some time for...

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  • Tools For Hand Quilting

      Pictured above are the tools that I use for hand quilting: japanese sashiko thread, sashiko needles, water soluble graphite pencil, a "nimble" leather thimble (with a reinforced metal tip), glass head long pins. I talk more about my love for sashiko thread in an earlier blog post, you can link to it here. Speaking about my tools, I was recently featured on Design Spong in the "what's in your tool box" column! I feel very honored to be mentioned on such a big blog. I went to college with Ginny Branch Stelling, the lady who manages the column (and wonderful stylist), so...

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  • Folk Fibers Quilts at Levis Malibu Store

      The quilts have arrived at the Levi's Malibu Store, and it feels SO good! It's a privilege to partner with Levi's, I have only great things to say about my experience. I am especially blown away with the spirit and teamwork happening over at Levi's Malibu store. Weeks before these three quilts were completed I received a message from Nick Osika, who has been the manager of the store since it opened 7 years ago. Nick expressed his excitement for the quilts to arrive and from then on out, he and the others at the Malibu store have been so supportive and helpful. If you...

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  • Folk Fibers Quilts for Levis Made Here

      I am very excited to announce that I am making quilts for Levis!  You may have noticed a little lull in my online presents over the last couple of weeks. This was all due to my gusto and focus on getting a series of quilts designed and crafted for Levis - Made Here Stores. Made Here is a project created and run by Jay Carroll, a concept designer for Levis. Made Here are special Levis stores that deliver a bespoke interpretation of the Levi’s® brand. A meaningful component of the Made Here store is the initiative to sell beautiful objects...

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  • Monday April Ninth Two Thousand and Twelve

       everything your doing is cool Jay get a car without a top go camping in the canyon I'm loving squared off shots  I need to go float for awhile this feels like a wedding...  it's a partnership  Photo by: Jay Carroll

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  • This Wild Idea

      This Wild Idea is a project created by a great photographer and my friend Theron Humphry.  Thereon is traveling across America by spending 365 days to capture 365 stories from ordinary folks.  We meet in college but reconnected over our love for American road trips.  When he was passing through Austin I got to spend some time catching up with him and swapping stories about the road. We hung out and had lots of laughs, but he didn't leave town without conducting a touching interview with me. If your interested in hearing me share a short story about my family and...

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  • Featured In This Weeks Johnson's Backyard Garden Newsletter

    When I was in need of a sufficient growing space for the Folk Fibers dye garden I went to a guy that I know has land, my former boss Brenton Johnson. The story about Brent starting his farm in his backyard here in Austin is no secret, it's sweet and simple, and printed on thousands of CSA boxes and produce labels.  Brent still owns the house on Holly Street where JBG got started in the backyard, and front yard, and both sides.  Brent rents out the Holly Street residence and one of the tenants is how he found his amazing graphic designer (and my pal) Ryan...

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  • The Story Behind The Delaware Baby Quilt

    The Delaware Baby Quilt is almost entirely made with natural dyed fabric, almost. The bright peach fabric is actually a vintage cotton Liz Claiborne skirt.  The bright turquoise fabric was in my fabric collection and I'm not exactly sure where I acquired it but I do know it is a sandwashed cotton, meaning it has been gently buffed into a smooth and soft texture, resembling a suede but having the practical qualities of a cotton. For this quilt I dyed the sashiko cotton thread used for the quilting in a red onion skin dyebath, the result is a pale pink thread. This quilt is entirely hand quilted.  I prefer to hand...

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